Let’s see: A gun-grabber nominated to head the BATFE. (Stopped.)
An ecoterrorist confirmed to head the BLM (Bureau of Land Management, not Black Lives Matter.)
An actual Marxist nominated to be Comptroller of the Currency.
Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal now acknowledged, and nothing is done while he sells his “artwork” to wealthy Chinese for exhorbitant sums.
President Biden goes incoherent during addresses, and the media covers for him.
Crowds at sporting events chant “F— Joe Biden” and outside of Social Media, it gets no attention.
The Northern border is closed to Canadian citizens (80+% vaccinated), Border Patrol officers face firing for not getting vaccinated, while literally tens of thousands of illegal aliens stream across the southern border and are relocated by the Federal gov. without so much as a COVID TEST.
A $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” bill that includes language directing banks to report all account transactions over $600, a “pilot program” to start billing cars by the miles driven, and adds 87,000 new IRS agents to enforce these rules.
Honestly, if you wrote a novel with all these plot points no one, NO ONE would believe it.
Not too long ago what I’m about to write here I would have considered a wild conspiracy theory. Now I wonder if I’m paranoid enough.
On the old blog I had a post tag of “Truth in Fiction” where I posted excerpts from books and movies that I thought well reflected current reality. This excerpt from John Ringo’s Road to Damascus, for example:
(The party) is composed of two tiers. The lower tier produces many outspoken members who make their demands known to the upper tier. The lower tier is derived from the inner-city population that serves as the base of the party. The lower tier’s members are generally educated in public school systems and if they aspire to advanced training, they are educated in facilities provided by the state. This wing constitutes the majority of (the party’s) membership, but contributes little or nothing to party theory or platform. It votes the party line and is rewarded with cash payments, subsidized housing, subsidized education, and occasional preferential employment in government positions. The lower tier provides only a handful of clearly token individuals allowed to serve in high offices.
The upper tier, which includes most of the party’s management, virtually all the appointed and elected government officials, and all of the party’s decision-makers, is drawn exclusively from suburban areas where wealth is a fundamental criterion for admittance as a resident. These party members are generally educated at private schools and attend private colleges. They are not affected by food-rationing schemes, income caps or taxation laws, as the legislation drafted and passed by members of their social group inevitably contains loopholes that effectively shelter their income and render them immune from unpleasant statues that restrict the lives of lower-tier party members and all nonparty citizens.
(The party) leadership recognizes that in return for supporting a seemingly populist agenda, they can obtain all the votes they require to remain in power. Even the most cursory analysis of their actions and attitudes, however, indicates that they are not populists but, in fact, are strong antipopulists who actively despise their voting base. This….is proven by their efforts to reduce public educational systems to a level most grade-school children (in other countries) have surpassed, with the excuse that this curriculum is all that the students can handle. They have made the inner-city population base totally dependent on the government, which they control.
A couple of day ago I asked over on Facebook if those in power were interested in significantly reducing world population, what would they be doing differently than they are now? Call it the Thanos Hypothesis.
It didn’t get a lot of traction at the time, but I thought about it off and on afterward, and now it’s brought this überpost about.
I picked the wrong Marvel movie. The right one was Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Bear with me.
Immediately after WWII (hell, probably during WWII) Hydra infiltrates the U.S. government from the bottom all the way to the top. Legislature, courts, executive, and of course, the military. It was probably in other places as well: media, education, etc. Sound familiar?
Hydra followers don’t see themselves as evil. They want what’s best for the world: Peace in our time. Justice. Equality. All it requires is that Hydra be in charge. Because, after all, they’re the best suited to rule. They’re the smartest, they have the best technology. They DESERVE to be in charge. Some are willing to die for the beautiful vision, but a lot more are willing to kill for it.
After all, if they have to kill a few million incalcitrant people to achieve this power, well that’s a small price to pay. Eggs and omelets and all that. You can’t have the deplorable bitter clingers out there mucking everything up with ideas like individual rights and freedoms! No, it will be best when no one (well, none of the peons) owns anything, and everyone will be happy.
Oh, wait… I bled into current reality.
Back before he went full Col. Nicholson, George F. Will gave the keynote speech at the 2010 Milton Friedman prize dinner. It’s an excellent speech I’ve cited numerous times, but not this particular bit:
In 2007 per capita welfare state spending – per capita welfare state spending, adjusted for inflation – was 70% higher than it had been when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated 27 years earlier.
The trend continues and the trend is ominous.
Fifty-one days ago now, the President signed into law the Health Care Reform, the great lunge to complete the New Deal project, and the Great Society project. The great lunge to make us more European. At exactly the moment that this is done the European Ponzi scheme of the social welfare state is being revealed for what it is. There’s a difference. We are not Europeans. We are not, in Orwell’s phrase, a “state‐broken people.” We do not have a feudal background of subservience to the state. No, that is the project of the current administration — it can be boiled down to learned feudalism. It is a dependency agenda that I have been talking about ad nauseam.
Two recent examples. First, when the government took over student loans, making it the case that the two most important financial transactions of the average family — a housing mortgage and a loan for college — will now be transactions with the government, they included a provision that said there will be special forgiveness of student loans for those who go to work for the government or for nonprofits. Second, one-third of the recent stimulus was devoted to preserving unionized public employees’ jobs in states and local municipalities. And so it goes. The agenda is constant.
Yes, the agenda is constant, and learned feudalism is the goal, but this goal long predates the Administration in power back in 2010. Back when I first listened to this speech I thought it was a little dramatic, but no longer. Will details how the agenda is to manufacture a subservient general public – subservient, that is, to our political betters. A little later in the speech he says:
Madison said rights pre-exist government. (Woodrow) Wilson said government exists to dispense whatever agenda of rights suits its fancy, and to annihilate, regulate or attenuate or dilute those others. Madison said the rights we are owed are those that are necessary for the individual pursuit of happiness. Wilson and the progressives said the rights you deserve are those that will deliver material happiness to you and spare you the strain and terror of striving.
The result of this is now clear. We see in the rampant indebtedness of our country and the European countries what someone has called “a gluttonous feast on the flesh of the future.” We see the infantilization of publics that become inert and passive, waiting for the state to take care of them. One statistic: 50% of all Americans 55 years old or older have less than $50,000 in savings and investment.
The feast on the flesh of the future is what debt is. To get a sense of the size of our debt, in 1916, midway in Woodrow Wilson’s first term, the richest man in America John D. Rockefeller could have written a personal check and retired the National Debt. Today the richest man in America, Bill Gates, could write a personal check for all his worth and not pay two months interest on the National Debt. Five years from now interest debt service will consume half of all income taxes. Ten years from now the three main entitlements, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security plus interest will consume 93% of all federal revenues. Twenty years from now debt service interest will be the largest item in the federal budget.
In point of fact, he wasn’t far off. The 2020 budget ran to $6.6 trillion, $4.9 trillion (74.2%) being entitlements and interest on the debt. That was 153% of federal revenues. We brought in $3.2 trillion. We borrowed the other $3.4 trillion. I don’t think George imagined we’d do such a thing. Had we borrowed “only” $984 billion like we did in 2019, we would have been unable to pay entitlements, with nothing left for interest or discretionary spending, like running the government.
Calvin Coolidge, the last president with whom I fully agreed, once said that when you see a problem coming down the road at you, relax. Nine times out of ten it will go into the ditch before it gets to you. He was wrong about the one we now face. We are facing the most predictable financial crisis, most predictable social and political crisis of our time. And all the political class can do is practice what I call “the politics of assuming a ladder.” That’s an old famous story of two people walking down the road, one’s an economist the other’s a normal American, and they fall into a pit with very steep sides. The normal American at the bottom says “Good lord we can’t get out!” The economists said, “Not to worry, we’ll just assume a ladder.”
This seems to me what is the only approach they have to the Ponzi nature of our own welfare state. I think what it is time for us to understand, that the model that we share in a somewhat attenuated form so far with Europe simply cannot work. It is that on the one hand we should tax the rich, AKA the investing and job creating class, yet count on spending the revenues of investment and job creation. No one has explained to the political class that it is very dangerous to try to leap a chasm in two bounds.
We are now being told that a value-added tax is going to be required. Well, the value-added tax would help the political class to shower benefits on those who can vote for them while taxing people who can’t vote for them. The beauty of the value-added tax is that it taxes everybody but nobody quite notices it.
In 2010 the United States was 13.5 trillion dollars in debt. That’s $13,500,000,000,000. At $1,000 per second, it would take almost 428 years to pay back that money.
The debt today is more than $28,800,000,000,000. And the government is desperate for revenue, while it racks up another $3+ trillion in additional deficit spending. It’s unsustainable. Everyone knows its unsustainable. No one will admit there’s a disaster looming, that the Ponzi scheme is on the verge of collapse.
They’ve been in this position before, but they know you can’t keep kicking the can down the road forever. So what do I extrapolate from this? Well, the decent, caring, inclusive, tolerant, loving Left has infiltrated every strata of public life. Media, education, and government are theirs almost wholly. They want what’s best for the world, excluding those who oppose their agenda. They are righteous, morally superior, more intelligent and darn it, just plain good. Those who oppose them are evil, and if they cannot be redeemed, they must be destroyed.
It cannot be incompetence. No individual or group is THAT incompetent. (The Biden Administration has nominated an award winner to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Her award? She won a scholarship named for Vladimir Lenin to Moscow State University. You can’t make this stuff up. No one would believe you.)
The agenda is power – for our own good, of course – and they mean to get it. Economic collapse? They’ve already got theirs! (Well, the ones in actual power. The useful idiots? They can die too. After all, they’re usually the first against the wall after the revolution. Ask Robespierre.) Their money is their self-justification for their right to rule. The peons will have to fend for themselves. Is it any wonder now why Bill Gates has been buying farmland? He’ll need serfs to work it. And if a few million have to die to adjust the thinking of the rest, well, they were evil schemers and wreckers anyway. Their carbon footprint won’t be missed.
Ayn Rand wasn’t a prophet, she was simply a scholar of human nature.
I really wish I was kidding. I wish it was just massive incompetence, but it’s deliberate. Regardless, the outlook is frightening. Really, seriously frightening.
Billy Beck has been talking about the Endarkenment for a long time. Billy is a scholar of human nature, too.
This doesn’t really surprise me. The Left has never shown any ability to predict second- and third-order effects of their policies. This is going to get very, very ugly, and I honestly don’t think it’s going to take more than a few more years, if that.
Apparently there are a lot of people out there who don’t want to take the vaccine. A small but significant number of NBA and NFL players, potentially up to 83,000 health workers in New York, and more elsewhere. Resistance is in the minority, but that minority is pretty serious about it. So here’s my take on the question:
While there’s a chance that COVID-19 could cause you to be hospitalized or even die, the odds are ever in your favor if you don’t happen to be in a high-risk group. I’ve known people who have caught it and died. I know people who caught it and it was a vicious flu-like illness. I know people who caught it and it was like a bad cold.
Natural immunity post COVID is apparently significantly better than any vaccine can produce.
No vaccine is ever risk-free. The negative outcomes are rare, but not non-existent. There have been no long-term trials. (Remember when all the “experts” said it was impossible to get a vaccine out in less that 3-4 years? That’s why.) We really don’t know what happens after a year or ten.
So you have a low, but non-zero chance of having a bad reaction to the vaccine. You have a low, but non-zero chance of getting sick enough from COVID to need to go to the hospital, or even die there. But if you don’t have co-morbidities, that risk is pretty low. You have a low, but non-zero chance of negative long-term effects.
Now, if you DO get sick, you run the risk of passing it on to others. Vaccines don’t work that way. That risk is to you only.
If you do get vaccinated, you can still get sick. Your odds of being hospitalized or dying is decreased, but not eliminated. And while sick you can be infectious. The vaccine doesn’t completely prevent infection, the normal primary case for vaccination.
There are no “solutions,” only trade-offs. If I were young and healthy (like a professional athlete), I would probably not get vaccinated and hope that when (not if) I catch it, it’s no worse than a mild cold and afterward I would have a robust immune response. But I’m not young and healthy, I’m 59, obese, and a dual-organ transplant recipient on immunosuppressives. I got vaccinated.
However, I’m absolutely opposed to vaccine mandates. If my work requires me to show proof of vaccination or get weekly tests, well, they can decide whether or not they want to fire me. I’m pretty certain I can get another job. Not everyone has that option.
As in all things, YMMV, but I fear government overreach more than I fear a virus.
A couple of days ago on Facebook, author Nick Cole posted:
“We are in bad shape. America is in big trouble now.
“We are here because one side decided to treat the other side as enemies.
“It’s best to be honest about these things.”
“I’ve been saying this for years now: The two sides used to refer to each other as the “loyal opposition.” Some time around the election of Reagan, a significant contingent of the Left decided the Right wasn’t just wrong, wasn’t misguided, wasn’t ignorant – it was EVIL. They spent the next couple of decades spreading this belief among the Left, until now it is the belief of the majority in the positions of authority.
“You don’t debate with evil. You don’t negotiate with evil. You don’t compromise with evil. You don’t tolerate evil. You placate evil until you can find a rock big enough to crush its skull.
“They’ve almost achieved that.
“Politics, it is said, is the art of compromise. War, Von Clausewitz said, is politics by other means. When negotiation and compromise are no longer on the table, only force is left.
“When enough of the Right finally figures this out is when things get sporty – assuming the Left doesn’t grasp that rock first.”
In a comment to one of my FB posts yesterday, Kenneth Hall said:
“Remember that the establishment press are, at the direction of the UniParty, not only dispensing regime propaganda but trying to troll someone, anyone, into taking the ticket to Fort Sumter, so they’ll have a pretext for their Enabling Act. January 6 didn’t quite pay off for ’em. Remember: be as wise as serpents, gentle as doves.
“Doves with monkey wrenches.”
“Taking the ticket to Ft. Sumter.” As apt a metaphor as I have ever read. The Left keeps tightening the restraints, one click of the ratchet at a time, HOPING for someone to take that ticket so that they can pick up that rock and go to town. As Rahm Emmanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Things like violate the rights of half the country because you are morally superior to the Deplorable Bitter Clingers. You’re of the Expert Class. You know better. You DESERVE to rule. And these people stand in your way of achieving social equity!
Tomorrow will be the 20th anniversary of 9/11/2001. What’s changed? A country that was mostly united is now as divided as it was before the election of Abraham Lincoln.
Bin Laden considered the U.S. a “weak horse.” It was still tough enough to hunt him down and kill him, but that doesn’t mean his analysis wasn’t ultimately correct. Abraham Lincoln warned that no outside force could destroy the nation, the danger was from inside. He was right.
And now you understand why the oath taken by elected and appointed officials and members of the military is to uphold and defend the Constitution – not a person or position – against all enemies foreign or DOMESTIC.
Remember: The winners get to label who the domestic enemy was.
I have pointed out the “failings” of the “public education” system for many years, noting that they’re only failings if the actual goal of the system is to actually educate. It’s obviously not. At its actual goals it’s succeeding beyond the wildest expectations of its creators.
Back in 2004 John Ringo published his novel “The Road to Damascus.” I saved an excerpt from that novel that seems appropriate here:
“(The party) is composed of two tiers. The lower tier produces many outspoken members who make their demands known to the upper tier. The lower tier is derived from the inner-city population that serves as the base of the party. The lower tier’s members are generally educated in public school systems and if they aspire to advanced training, they are educated in facilities provided by the state. This wing constitutes the majority of (the party’s) membership, but contributes little or nothing to party theory or platform. It votes the party line and is rewarded with cash payments, subsidized housing, subsidized education, and occasional preferential employment in government positions. The lower tier provides only a handful of clearly token individuals allowed to serve in high offices.
“The upper tier, which includes most of the party’s management, virtually all the appointed and elected government officials, and all of the party’s decision-makers, is drawn exclusively from suburban areas where wealth is a fundamental criterion for admittance as a resident. These party members are generally educated at private schools and attend private colleges. They are not affected by food-rationing schemes, income caps or taxation laws, as the legislation drafted and passed by members of their social group inevitably contains loopholes that effectively shelter their income and render them immune from unpleasant statues that restrict the lives of lower-tier party members and all nonparty citizens.
“(The party) leadership recognizes that in return for supporting a seemingly populist agenda, they can obtain all the votes they require to remain in power. Even the most cursory analysis of their actions and attitudes, however, indicates that they are not populists but, in fact, are strong antipopulists who actively despise their voting base. This…is proven by their efforts to reduce public educational systems to a level most grade-school children (in other countries) have surpassed, with the excuse that this curriculum is all that the students can handle. They have made the inner-city population base totally dependent on the government, which they control.”
And from Larry Corriea on Facebook, during one of the short periods when he’s actually allowed to post:
For the first few days of the Afghanistan clusterfuck, most lefties were keeping their heads down. It was remarkably quiet. Well apparently they got their new download because I’ve seen the same ridiculous narrative suddenly show up a ton over the last 24 hours. Drive bys in nearly every post, all saying the same thing.
“This was all Trump’s plan/fault/date and there was nothing Biden could do.”
Okay, let’s destroy this bullshit narrative, because it’s fucking pernicious. Did Trump plan on removing the military before the civilians? Did Trump plan on abandoning our secure air base in the middle of the night without even telling our allies? Did Trump’s plan include giving a list of all our friends, allies, and countrymen to the Taliban? Did Trump intend to give the Taliban biometric scanners and records so our friends could be identified? Did Trump plan on leaving our allies hanging so badly that he’d get censored by fucking Parliament? Did Trump’s plan include leaving billions of dollars of weapons and equipment behind for the Taliban? Did Trump plan on a chaotic clusterfuck of an evacuation from an unsecure airport with people falling off of airplanes? Would Trump command our soldiers to stay at the airport while the French, English, Poles, and Hungarians ran rescue missions into the city to get their people? Did Trump plan on trusting airport security to the motherfucking goat raping Taliban so that our people could get killed by suicide bombers?
And if so, if that was Trump’s plan all along… WHY THE FUCK DID BIDEN NOT COME UP WITH A BETTER PLAN?
Even if these lying ass bastards were right (they aren’t) and the worst foreign policy fuck up in our lifetimes was exactly what Trump wanted to do, the fact that the Biden administration didn’t come up with something better would still all be on their heads.
And I’m not saying Trump is blameless, oh no. The blame for this whole thing goes back two decades, Republican and Democrat, senior military leadership, the state department, and the intelligence community, lots of highly paid experts and PhDs in international relations all covering their asses together.
However, the blame for this clusterfuck, this one operation, this infuriating, embarrassing, goat rope of a withdrawal, is all on Joe Biden, his puppeteers, and the people who were gullible/selfish enough to install him into office.
You voted for this shit. We warned you he was corrupt and incompetent, and all the evidence showed he was corrupt and incompetent, but you kicked us off the internet, looked the other way, and now you fucking own this. Quit making excuses. Quit lying. Own it. Help fix it. Or shut the fuck up.
And finally from LawDog, same source:
My little brother was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1969. September of that year, Gaddafi took control. One of his first pronouncements was that all foreigners needed to leave. Corollary to that was that all children born in Libya were Libyan citizens, and would remain there.
The American Embassy informed us that they were “working on a diplomatic solution” and to be patient.
Dad hired a dhow, and crew, and we got back to Malta. We got a parting gift from the Libyans in the form of several hundred rounds through the hull — I was two years old.
August 15, 1971. We were in Malta. We woke up to discover that President Nixon had “floated the dollar”. I remember picturing a man with a Lincoln beard standing on a dock, throwing dollar bills into the water. Unfortunately, this meant that our US bank account was worthless in Malta. Dad was somewhere in North Africa, and I remember the exhaustion of being dragged all over the island after Mom took us to the US Embassy and was told that “things were fluid” and they’d try to help when things stabilized. It was after dark before Mm found a store that took mercy on a mother with two small children and took American Express traveller’s cheques at face value for food. The Embassy never did get back to us, even after things “stabilized”.
1976. More rounds went through General Murtala Mohammed (and his driver) than the last four James Bond movies. Unfortunately, the rebelling soldiers miscalculated, and the counter-coup by the Army was … enthusiastic. As this wasn’t our first rodeo, as soon as Murtala quit bouncing we loaded up the Land Cruiser, and headed for Port Harcourt, where an oil rig supply vessel was waiting.
Three stewardesses who were visiting their engineer boy-friends headed for the American Consulate in Lagos. Two of them made it back, after being informed that they needed to go to the aeroport and get out of the country. The Nigerian Army had locked down the aeroport, and had twitchy trigger fingers. I sat in the lap of one of the stewardesses on the road to Port Harcourt, and she didn’t stop crying and shaking.
There were more evacs from African countries, and from a couple of Middle Eastern places, but we never approached the US Embassy for help again.
Even later, as a man grown and feral, I knew better than to rely on the Government for help.
Adrenaline and fear add a metallic odour to sweat. Blood is coppery. Someone inevitably loses control of their bladder and/or bowels, but that smell is actually not as bad as the smell of blood and terror.
There’s always dust. And some jackass always sets something on fire, so the smoke coats your mouth, and hangs in your nose.
Then there’s the smell of smokeless powder. And burnt bodies. That’s a smell that sticks in your nose for a while, but it’s not as bad as the smell that comes later, when the bodies have been out for a while.
People get together, huddling out of fear and uncertainty into a big herd of panicky people. Locals herd with locals. Foreigners with foreigners. And once they herd up, the scavengers show up and start picking off the weak.
One will have a brother who knows a way through the jungle, or around the military patrols. It only costs you most of your savings, and as soon as you get out in the boonies, it’s a rifle butt in the teeth and the rest of your savings taken. If you’re lucky. If not, it’s a bullet and a ditch, and they take the savings off of your body.
If you’re a man. Women quickly find out that as soon as things went into the khazi, they go from “person” to “commodity”. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
As bad as all that is — and it’s way worse than you think — that isn’t the part that’s going to give me nightmares.
Absent sheer bad luck, a smart, prepared, violent man will survive this sort of thing.
And that’s going to give me nightmares.
The President of the United States. the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and the entire State Department can go fuck themselves right now.
Anyone who voted to put that muppet in the Oval Office can go fuck themselves right now.
I’m headed for the bourbon, and I’m going to hope like fuck I don’t have nightmares. – Lawdog
At least one of those people who voted for Biden, The most popular President in American history! is publicly remorseful:
You really, really need to read this piece. An excerpt does not do it justice, but here’s a taste:
It is not just that the elite class is incompetent – even kings could be incompetent without undermining belief in monarchy as a system – it is that they are so grossly, spectacularly incompetent that they walk around among us as living rebuttals of meritocracy itself. It is that their application of managerial logic to whatever field they get their grubby mitts on – from homelessness in California to industrial policy to running a war – makes that thing ten times more expensive and a hundred times more dysfunctional. To make the situation worse, the current elites seem almost serene in their willful destruction of the very fields they rely on for legitimacy.